Thursday, May 6, 2010

0ops!!


Picture this:

The band is playing like crazy. The people are singing jubilantly.
30000 elite troops are marching in formation.
A large group of people have gathered for the great and exciting event.

The Nation of Israel, led by David their new king, is bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem!

Emotions are high. Joy is in the air. The music is great!

Then:

6 "But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. 7 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this.[f] So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God."

Zzzzzst!! Lighning struck from heaven!

One of the priests lay wretching and kicking his last gasp as smoke comes off his clothes.

The parade stops. The mood turns for extreme joy to horror!

8 "David was angry because the Lord’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today."

That was the end of the parade...

9 "David was now afraid of the Lord, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?” 10 So David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. 11 The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household."

(Have you ever wondered where the imagery came for the expression, "God is going to zap you", or "Will God strike me dead", or "Is God going to send lightning from heaven to kill me"? It comes from this passage.)

Thankfully, this is not God's pattern. It only happened once like this in the Bible.

But it IS His perogative...

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